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tv   British Prime Ministers Questions  CSPAN  January 17, 2016 11:58pm-12:36am EST

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>> this morning i had meetings with others, i should have further such meetings later today. >> the royal college of mid wives and the honorable member lewis since she's a nurse, for proposed changing, why does the prime minnesota store think it's right >> additional 10,000 nurses because of this change because the facts are today two out of three people who want to become nurses can't because it's constrained by the birthery
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scheme. >> our membership of nato are key to our defenses and any moves that would put that at risk would jeopardize our national security? [shouting] >> my honorable friend is absolutely ground. it has been common ground on both sides that the cornerstone is membership of nato and must be replaced and updated. they are necessary to keep us safe and in a time where we see north korea testing nuclear weapons, we recommit ourselves to both nato and party has
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serious questions. [shouting] >> thank you, thank you very much, mr. speaker. this week the prime minister belated the acknowledge of the crisis in britain. he announced 140 million-dollar-pound to form housing estate around the country which amounts to $1.4 million and then rebuild them. my math is perfect. [laughter] >> this money, mr. speaker, is a drop in the ocean. it's not even going to pay for the bulldozers. >> what we have done is double the budget. that comes after having built 700,000 homes since becoming prime minister, we have a quarter of a million more affordable homes and here is a statistic, in last parliament we
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built more houses than in 13 years of the labour government. [shouting] >> in every estate that he announces he wishes to bulldoze will include tenants and people that have bought their home turned right to buy, would those people, the leaseholders, would they be guarantied homes on the rebuilt estates that he's proposing to do? >> look, of course, this isn't as carefully thought through. it's still going on. it hasn't finished yet.
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agree with those local people and make sure tenants get homes and that's exactly what we want. now look at what we've done on housing. we reformed the planning rules. they oppose them. we introduced help to buy, they opposed it. we introduced help to save and they opposed it. they got absolutely nothing to say about people trapped in housing estates who want a with ther start in their lives. [shouting] >> i noticed the prime minister did not give any guaranty so there's another probably larger group that i have a question to ask him on behalf of. a tenant by the name of derrell will the prime minister guaranty in market redevelopment will be rehoused in new council housing
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in their current communities with the same conditions as they currently have? >> isn't it interesting, mr. speaker, through here is the small conservative. you're saying to people, stay stuck, have nothing better than what labour gave you after the war. have the right to buy. [shouting] >> if you want to buy a home, here is help to save. we will help you out and that's the fact of politics today. a party on this side of house that wants to give you chances and a lab our opposition that says stay stuck in poverty. [shouting] >> the prime minister doesn't
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seem to understand the very serious -- the very serious concerns that council tenant have when they feel they're going to be forced away from the community where they live, where their children go to school and their community is so strong, but there is another area where the prime minister might be able to help us today, his party manifesto said everyone who works hard should be able to own a home of their own. so will families earning the national living wage be able to afford one of his discount start e homes? >> i very much hope they will. also as well as starter homes we are having shared ownership homes. so if you take -- if you take -- when i became prime minister, when i became prime minister a young person trying to buy a
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home needed 30,000 pounds for that deposit. >> order, i apologize. i say to the honorable lady, that is not behavior of would be states woman. i want to hear the prime minister's answer. >> 30,000 pounds for deposit on a typical home, because of the schemes we've introduced, that is now down to 10,000-pound. now i want people to own their own homes so let's consider this issue. we are saying to the 1.3 million tenants of housing associations, we are on your side, you can buy your own home, why does he still oppose that? [shouting] >> well, mr. speaker, i hope that -- i hope this word hope goes a long way because research by shelter found that families on his so-called living wage
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would be unable to afford the average starter home in 98% of local authority areas in england, so only the 2% that may benefit from this. instead of building more comfortable homes isn't the prime minister branding more homes as affordable which is not a solution to the housing crisis, will he confirm the home ownership has actually fallen since he became prime minister? >> there's a challenge of helping people to buy their own homes. that's what help to buy was for which they opposed. that is why -- isn't it interesting, he didn't answer the question about the 1.3 million housing association tenants. [shouting] >> i want what is best for everybody. he owns two homes, i own my home, why won't we let those 1.3 billion own their homes.
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why not? [shouting] >> when noise disappears, leader of the opposition will be heard. >> i think the conservative benches for deep concern of the housing crisis in the country. and it's noted. the prime minister gave no assurances to tenants, no assurances to leaseholders, no assurances to low-paid people who want to get somewhere decent to live. can i ask him one final question on this and it's a practical question that's faced by many people all around this country who are deeply worried about their own housing situation and how they're going to live in the future. it comes from -- it comes from linda who is a tenant for the
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last 25 years. and she says, i will eventually look to downsize to a property suitable for our aging circumstances, due to the housing built through parliament at present if we downsize we will have to sign a new tenant agreement. if we say we pay debt and if we downsize we lose our secure home. it's a real problem that linda and many like her are facing. if she was in the prime minister 's, what advice would he give her? >> we are cutting social rent in this parliament. she will be paying less in rent. the second thing i say is if she's concern, it's not paid by pension. it's a point he's going to make.
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the other point i would make to linda all those in housing association homes is that we believe in giving you chance to buy your own home and helping you to do that. isn't interesting, mr. speaker what this exchange has shown. we have a labour party that has a policy that doesn't support home just like a defense policy that doesn't believe in defense. a labour party that doesn't believe in work and a labour leader who doesn't believe in britain. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, as someone who grew up in social housing, i welcome the prime minister's commitment to tear down low-quality estate and replace them with affordable homes? he he see this opportunity to make sure the new homes are
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attractive, well-designed places that people will actually want to live for generations to come? [shouting] >> i think my honorable friend is absolutely right. if labour wanted to have a constructive opinion, they would want to come down and say how can we help, rebuild new houses, help people build their own homes. that's what we want to do. that is what you're going to see, mr. speaker, in this parliament, helping people get on and other side keeping people tracked in poverty. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. the economic and intellectual contribution of college and university graduates to the uk is immense, the commission said that the uk and scottish government should i quote, work together to explore the possibility to introducing formal schemes to allow international higher education
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students graduating from scottish further and higher education institutions to remain in scottland and contribute to economic activity for the -- why do the uk government this week unilaterally rule out return for work visa without discussions and before key parliamentary report. >> we have an excellent scheme that covers, scottland, whales, there's no limits on the number of people that can come and study in british universities as long as they have two things an english-language qualification and a place of university, that's an incredibly generous offer. there's actually no limit on the number of people who can stay after they graduated as long as they have a graduate-level job. i think that's an incredibly clear message that whether we're involved in the scottish
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government, the wealth administration or united kingdom administration, should get out and sell around the world. it's a world-beating offer. we want to world's brightest to come here and study here, what a great deal. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. the return of study visas are supported amongst other, all of scottland funded colleges, many of the organizations and businesses all parties including the scottish conservative party, why does the prime minister think that they are all wrong and he is right? >> well, for the reason i've given. clarity of our offer is unbeaten, we are say to go people coming to our universities, it's okay to stay
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with a less than graduate job. frankly, there's lots of people in the own country desperate for the jobs and we don't need to world's brightest and best to come here to study and then to do labour jobs which actually that's not what our immigration system is for. what we want is a system where we could advertise to the world, come and study here, come and work here and that's the system we have. >> gordon henderson. >> thank you, mr. speaker. bring in the prospect another 400,000 jobs to people. that center is a24a, roads in the southeast of england. could my -- could my honorable friend encourage the department of transport to undertake review of the i24a to show that it can
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cope with increase traffic being generated by the expanding activities? >> i certainly join him. it's fallen by 39% in 2010. i will take up a point he says because obviously we are owning on a continue to attract investment if we make sure our road and rail network are up to date. >> thank you, mr. speaker, the prime minister will be aware that last week this house discussed the equalization of state retirement age between men and women. can i ask does he feel outrage of generation of women born in 1950's who feel robbed an cheated out of the state pecks and would he give an undertaking to ask them to look at further improvements to transitional arrangements that he will do so? [shouting] >> i know this is an issue that
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many colleagues have been written to and important to look at. we look carefully and decided that no one should suffer more than an 18-month increase in the time before they were expecting to retire. what i would also say if you look at what we are putting in place with the pension starting over 150 pounds a week combined with the triple lock that we have, i think we have a very good settlement for pensionists, t affordable for the taxpayer and generous into the future. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. by the eighth of january, within a period of just eight days, parts of london had exceeded the annual limit for nitrous dioxide pollution, given the news, would the prime minister ensure that the department for transport's current consideration of
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expansion prioritize it air pollution concern and will he pledge never to expand -- [shouting] >> nitrous dioxide levels are risking the health of millions of people. >> i think my honorable friend is absolutely right to raise this. there are problems of air quality and air pollution not just in london but elsewhere in the country. that's one of the reasons why we decide today delay the decision of airport capacity expansion because we need to answer the question about air quality before we provide the answer to that question and that is what the environmental audit committee recommended to this government, they said on air quality the government will need to raise the commissions finding in in air quality strategy. the point she makes is directly taken by on the government.
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>> can i say to the prime minister the answer on the question of transitional arrangements for those women born in the 1950's -- [shouting] >> i was going to say he seems to have in idea how to rectify the idea. why some countries are not implementing the changes until 1944 and sovereign decisions about the issue and that's entirely right. what we decided to do is put in place a pension system that is long-term affordable for our country but also sustains a very
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strong pension right into the future. that's what the single-tier pension is going to make a difference and the triple law never put in place by labour. that increased the pension that we had under gordon, that can never happen again under our arrangement. >> thank you, mr. speaker. since 2010 constituency has seen generation of businesses and youth unemployment falling below 1% with 240 million-pound invest ment for employment in the area, does the prime minister agree with me that it is the government's stewardship of the economy that has led to constituency? >> i'm delighted to hear the news. we have low interest rates, we are inflation right on the floor, we have real waging
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growing. people are investing. business invest men has been going up because we are confident of the future of the economy and that's because of getting deficit down and making a country where people can start a business, run a business and expand a business and therefore create the jobs in prosperity for all our people. >> thank you, mr. speaker, figures has showed 117,000 people have died unnecessarily as a result of the cold, 43,000 people tragically died last winter. so can i ask the prime minister to say, why does he think so many people are dying needlessly in our country and what he's going to do to stop it from happening? >> the honorable member is right to raise this, they are a
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standing to all governments about more needs to be done. first of all, we've maintain it had cold weather payments. there's also the winter-fuel payment that is we've maintained, increase in the pension going up by pricing earnings 2 and a half percent. falling energy prices because of falling oil prices. i agree they are not falling as fast as i would like, i think it's right that we have the competition requirement in the industry to make sure it's a fully competitive industry. it's come a long way in the last few years. when i became prime minister, the independent energy companies 1% of the market, now they're 15% of the market. the big 6 are being broken down through competition. so all of those changes plus home improvements and making sure that people have good insulation, all of those things can make a difference. >> thank you, mr. speaker. [shouting]
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>> implementation of the iran nuclear deal in which british diplomacy was crucial, can my right honorable friend inform the house what steps are being taken to make sure that iran abides by its side of the deal? >> i think my honorable is absolutely right about this. let me pay tribute to secretary of state john kerry for the incredible work that he did but also foreign secretary that was by his side negotiating what is a tough and difficult deal. where we got to is adoption date for this deal was in october and since iran has started shipping 2.5 tons of enriched uranium to russia. now we are getting to the implementation day for this deal -- iran for -- for this deal and the key point is that iran is granted the international atomic agency unprecedented access to make sure it is doing all the things it said it would do in
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this deal. as i said, it's a good deal. it takes iran away from a nuclear weapon but we should enter into it with a very heavy heart and a very clear eye and a very hot head in making sure this country does everything it said it would. >> thank you, mr. speaker. when the government posted changes in funding four years ago, they said the providing maintenance for the poorer students were key to participation in higher education. no mention was made in the conservative manifesto of ending those grants, is it therefore not completely unacceptable to make fundamental change tomorrow by the back door in committee without vote of the house? >> it's been fully debated in this house and it's absolutely right because what our changes have showed despite all the warnings from the party opposite that more people are taking part in higher education and more people from low-income are
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taking part in higher education. i'm confident that will be the case. >> thank you, mr. speaker. thanks to the government's long-term economic plan -- [shouting] >> unemployment in northwest stands low, this saturday will host a job fair with 350 more positions available. will my right honorable friend join me in wishing all the businesses in northwest more success of recruitment of retention than the leader of the opposition? [shouting] >> well, i'm flight today hear there are only 525 people unemployed in constituency. we have had members that have run job fairs that have made huge differences in terms of people being able to find
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opportunities. since 201064% of rise in sector employment has taken place out, all have higher employment raytheon london. this is in growing terms a balanced recovery and we need to keep working at it to make sure it is. [shouting] >> last year the energy sector had support under renewable for project which would impact the 3 million pounds investment in my constituency. does the prime minister realize that his attacks on clean energy are detrimental to green businesses such as miss anne. [shouting] we had extensive exchanges at the liaison committee yesterday. we are going to see another 50% increase in wind investment
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during this parliament. if we look at offshore wind, britain has got the biggest off-shore wind in the world. if you look at solar which was raised by the leader of opposition, britain has the fourth largest solar anywhere in the world. 98% of the panels have been installed since i've taken parliament. but every single subsidy that you give is extra money on people's bills for energy expenses. that's what our policy is all about. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. with the number of workers households in the united kingdom at an all-time low, does my
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right honorable friend with me agree with me that a nation government is not the amount of money we spend on benefits but is what we do to tackle the root causes of poverty? [shouting] >> my honorable friend is absolutely right. that's what the earlier changes proved. labour's only answer to every single problem is to spend more money. ends up with more borrowing, more spending and more debt where our approach is to look at all the causes of government, all the things that are holding people back. let's reform the failing schools, let's give people more child care, let's deal with the addiction and mental problems that people have and that way we will demonstrate that this is the government and the party helping people with their life chances while labour just wants to stick you where you are.
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>> it was overwhelming endorsed in the last referendum. [inaudible] >> constitutional crisis. the clawses do not apply in the case of scottland and northern ireland. why is it treating like a second-class nation? >> what the government has done is hold a referendum so the welch assembly has powers and to make sure there's a floor on the welch level of spending, something never done by a labour government. we want to make sure we give whales those extra pounds. that's what this bill is all about. ..
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may i invite the prime minister to initiate an urgent review of across whitehall to assess the effects of continuing low oil prices on our economy and beyond, and particular work out how we can avoid the destruction of her own oil industry in the north sea? >> my right honorable friend makes an important point which is this very big move in the oil price. it as highly beneficial effect
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for all our constituents were able to fill up their cars for less than one pound a liter, and that is a big increase in people's disposable income and holy welcome. a low oil price is good for the british economy, but, of course, there are other consequences and he made many of them and we need to look very carefully at how we can help our own oil and gas industry. as we were coming to the end of this session you mention one other calamity that the low oil price brings about which is the to complete collapse of the snp's policy. >> the report suggests -- [shouting] >> the honorable lady must be heard. >> recent press reports suggest some other government backbenchers would agree with me despite the fact that my back will be with the prime minister we consider to be menial --
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[laughter] a reduction in the state from 100-pound a minute. the cabinet office seems to be -- [inaudible] can the prime minister assure the public, to into the public that this government will undertake -- an ever-growing problem? [shouting] >> we've looked at this problem in this industry and we did make a series of changes. we did make a series of changes including planning changes but we keep this important situation under review. [inaudible] 2100 homes and 1300 businesses flooded, for schools either flooded or part flooded.
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will my right honorable friend agreed to meet with me to discuss how we can help with the 20 million-pound infrastructure damage? and the rebuilding of permanent high schools as well speak with my friend and i discussed the high school on many occasions and i think we should meet again to discuss it again and try to make some progress. first of all let me say my sympathies and the sympathies of the whole house will go to those people and businesses who are flooded. we will do everything we can to help communities get back on their feet. there's a large blood investment program and that's in place and there's also the maintenance program which has been protected in real terms but a number of other infrastructure pieces of work that needs to be done. i would commend the highway agency that has been quick to examine roads and in some cases

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